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Board of Directors

Meet Our Board of Directors

Srinivas Akkaraju, MD, PhD

Srinivas Akkaraju, MD, PhD

Chairman

Srini Akkaraju has more than 20 years of investment and operational experience in the life sciences sector. Since 2016, he has been the Managing General Partner at Samsara BioCapital, a venture fund focused on biopharmaceutical investments.
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Jay P. Shepard

Jay P. Shepard

Chief Executive Officer

Jay has more than 33 years of experience across pharmaceutical, biotechnology and drug delivery companies, most recently as President and Chief Executive Office of Versartis, where he was also a member of the Board of Directors. Previously, Jay was an Executive Partner at Sofinnova Ventures, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm, where he leveraged his industry expertise in support of the firm’s portfolio companies.
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Amato Giaccia, PhD

Amato Giaccia, PhD

Director

Dr. Giaccia is an internationally known cancer biologist and serial entrepreneur. In addition to his role as Chief Scientific Officer of Aravive Biologics, he is Professor of Radiation Oncology, Associate Chair for Research & Director of the Division of Radiation & Cancer Biology in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. (more…)

Robert E. Hoffman

Robert E. Hoffman

Director

Robert E. Hoffman is currently Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Heron Therapeutics. Prior to joining Heron, Mr. Hoffman served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., since September 2016. (more…)

Shahzad Malik, MD

Shahzad Malik, MD

Director

Dr. Malik is currently a General Partner at Advent Life Sciences, a venture capital firm focused on market-leading life sciences businesses, which he joined in April 1999.
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Ray Tabibiazar, MD

Ray Tabibiazar, MD

Director

Dr. Tabibiazar brings nearly 15 years of leadership experience in the healthcare industry, including key executive positions within the biopharmaceutical industry, as well as diagnostics, and venture capital. Dr. Tabibiazar is Aravive Biologics’ founder and served as the Chairman of Aravive Biologics’ board of directors and as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to April 2017 and as Executive Chairman of Aravive Biologics since May 2017 until October 2017.
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Eric Zhang, CFA

Eric Zhang, CFA

Director

Mr. Zhang is the Managing Partner of New Era Technologies Management Ltd., a company he founded in 2016 which is a multi-strategy investor in biotechnology and applied physical sciences companies. From 2013 until 2016, when he founded New Era Technologies, Mr. Zhang was the manager of his family office investments.
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